I love .22's. For years my standard weekly stress relief was Saturday morning at the range chewing through 200-300 rds of the stuff at 25 yards.
I've taught 5 kids, a wife (now 'ex'), and a girlfriend to shoot using a S&W 422 (6.5") and an old Ruger 10/22 that actually belonged to my grandfather. My lady's 7 yr old daughter will sit for hours with the old Chipmunk, single-shot, bolt-action .22lr.
The first post was a great primer for sorting out issues and getting down to the fun & learning. Some other things I've run into are:
- Ammo can change dramatically from lot to lot for .22LR. Doesn't seem to be as much of an issue with other calibers of factory stuff but 22 can vary quite a bit. Worst offender (in my experience): Federal.
- Clean that gun! Because most 22 semi-auto's are recoil-operated powder residue gets everywhere, This can be a real pain in the posterior. It is the most common cause (again, IME) of failure to feed and stovepipe jams. This means cleaning up the action too, not just the barrel.
Of course, the single-shot and the wheel guns avoid the feed issue altogether. My ex has an old Hi-Standard 9-shot wheel gun she inherited from her dad and it eats just about any ammo in the correct caliber.
With 3 kids currently in the house and the "let's go shooting" being one of the most popular outings (two teenage boys and that 7yr-old girl, go figure...) it also makes for a much more affordable day. I tend to stock anywhere from 1000-2000 at the house, which sounds like a lot but is really only 4-6 days at the range for the gang.
Since trigger squeeze, sight picture, breath control, etc. are all the same for the .22 as they are for the Super Blackhawk or Desert Eagle it is my favorite way to practice and build skill. I usually save the .44 Mag and the .45ACP to wrap up the day with so I carry the built-up skills into the recoil experience that you don't get with the .22.